Burgess Hill Girls - proud to provide the best

BURGESS Hill Girls creates students who stand out from the crowd by embracing every individual’s uniqueness.

This independent school in the heart of Sussex is proud to be excellent, proud to provide the very best education and proud to develop outstanding young women ready to face the world.

Interim Head Liz Laybourn explained: “We aim high. We expect our girls to be big and bold, brave, bright and brilliant – traits that make them stand out from the crowd – without being pretentious and losing sight of the privilege bestowed on them.

“We want our girls to be interesting and interested, to have soft skills necessary to survive in a very competitive world and if they are in a crisis to be able to deal with it and come out smiling.

“We have brilliant children who come with individual needs, gifts and talents and we don’t try to mould them. We offer them opportunities that will help them find their hidden talents and passions in order to develop into the person they want to be. Pupils get to find their own way with help from staff who go that extra mile.”

Pride in her pupils is justified – girls are charming and engaging and genuinely display a love of learning.

With 500 pupils, each girl is known, they can’t hide and get lost amongst the masses. “We are small enough to truly care about every girl but big enough to compete against the very best schools. Our girls carry a very high currency and they are in great demand,” explained Mrs Laybourn. All pupils are treated equally and contribute to the school ‘family’. “Everyone has a role to play within our school community and therefore deserves equal respect.”

Pastoral care is of huge importance – students see their tutor every morning and lunchtime, Lower School girls have a pastoral mentor, Sixth Form pupils act as mentors while year 10 and 11 pupils have an academic mentor too. The Lower and Upper Section Leaders play a vital role too.

Based on a 14 acre site, the school is divided into separate sections according to age. The unique building layout creates an intimate feeling. The Nursery, which welcomes both girls and boys, is open 51 weeks a year and offers a variety of sessions to suit all needs. Bright colours adorn the walls, smaller classrooms create a nurturing feel while the large outdoor play area gives plenty of space for fun and adventure.

Reception and Years 1-2 (EYFS) are based in the same beautiful building above the nursery and along with welcoming classrooms has its own library and hall, ensuring the transition into “proper school” is not too overwhelming.

Junior School offers a nurturing environment where girls embrace new opportunities and experiences. With its own science area, music school, art studio, computer room and hall, Junior School offers a full range of learning experiences that challenge young minds and create students who want to learn.

Senior school has undergone significant maintenance work over the summer, creating a modern learning environment with first class facilities. Focus is always on enabling pupils to achieve their full potential. As well as a rigorous and exciting academic foundation the school enables girls to develop the essential soft skills and confidence to make their way in the world beyond school and become leaders of the future.

The Learning Resource Centre is home to 10,000 books, audio tapes, DVDs and a bank of computers where girls undertake independent study.

Whilst academic achievement is a main focus at Burgess Hill Girls so is everything creative, sporting and artistic. The dressage team is fifth in the country for their age – quite an achievement when there is not a single horse on site! Music and drama are outstanding with regular concerts and plays making the most of the stunning Croft II performance space that underwent a million pound redevelopment last year. More than 200 girls play an instrument. Textiles produces award winning work. Art, which can be seen throughout the school, is exceptional and of the highest quality. Following the phrase ‘Sport for All’, a wide range of activities are offered to all girls to promote a healthy lifestyle. Girls compete in many local, regional and national competitions and are incredibly successful.

Sixth Form provides the perfect stepping stone from school to university. It provides the foundation for their future, giving girls opportunities to stretch themselves, make decisions and take responsibility for their learning. Whilst Sixth Formers do use the main school for many lessons, the recently extended and upgraded Sixth Form building offers a mix of classrooms, spacious common rooms for relaxing, socialising and studying, as well as a kitchen area for making snacks and drinks.

Help in finding the right university or each girl is crucial and Sixth Formers are offered extensive guidance throughout the application process, with significant numbers going to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities.

Burgess Hill Girls’ House System provides a friendly rivalry between the houses – Burns, Milton, Thomas and Yeats – and is the basis for a whole host of inter-house activities including a drama competition, quizzes and sporting competitions. Girls of all ages work together with one common goal – to be the best!

The Dining room is the bright, open yet homely centre of the school where staff and pupils eat together. Delicious home cooked meals are provided daily along with a full salad bar, jacket potatoes, homemade soup, fruit and very tempting puddings – there is quite simply something for everybody.

Whilst Burgess Hill is principally a day school there is some boarding. Boarding houses, set in lovely Edwardian buildings, offer mixed age accommodation on the edges of the school campus creating a homely feel, away from the main school site. Boarding is definitely an integral part of the school.

Burgess Hill Girls is a fabulous school that quite rightly boasts it provides the best academic and creative education for girls in Sussex.


Note from the Head

Whatever your daughter wants to be, Burgess Hill Girls is the place to be. We are a truly remarkable, happy and vibrant school. Every day is busy, active and exciting. So much is packed into every minute of the day.

Our girls are truly valued for who they are, for the wonderful and unique gifts and talents they possess and for what they can bring and give to the wider community. It is a happy, caring, friendly and supportive environment. It is proactive so that every girl flourishes, excels and does her very best. In fact we put the ‘excel’ into excellent! The school is filled with pupils who enjoy learning and aim to be the best they can be. As our motto says: ‘I am, I can, I ought, I will’.

Burgess Hill Girls is known for its reputation for excellence. Of course, we set very high standards in every area of education; from academic to creative, and in the personal lives of every girl; however, we also ensure that we develop the individual character of every one of our students. Our girls work in an environment where they develop confidence and independence, enabling and encouraging them to be themselves and where no barriers exist that prevent them from being who they want to be.

Every member of our community is important. Our girls are comfortable and therefore prepared to take risks. They are keen and willing to be stretched and challenged. The size of the school is such that it is large enough to provide a wealth of opportunities, both academically and in the diverse co-curricular and extra-curricular programme, but also small enough to ensure no girl goes unnoticed.

The support offered encourages our girls to look after each other, to listen to the needs of others and to seek the good in everyone. The girls are self-aware and have self-worth. This is why our girls develop into thoughtful and successful young women. They leave school with a sense of hope for the future, a positive outlook and a desire to go that extra mile. They are the bright sparks of the future.

Mrs Liz Laybourn
Interim Head

Testimonials

"Burgess Hill Girls has been an excellent school for both my girls, who are academically very different. It is outstanding for academic achievement, but still manages to balance this with proper pastoral care and personal attention to the individual needs of each child. Drama here is exceptional too. My girls have felt valued and supported all the way through. I cannot speak highly enough of this wonderful place."

Parent of girls in Sixth Form at Burgess Hill Girls

 

"Burgess Hill Girls provides a secure environment and gentle encouragement, allowing our daughter to be independent but knowing she has the school right behind her to help her fulfil her ambitions, develop resilience and emerge into a quietly self-assured young woman. These strong building blocks will make our daughter appreciate that everything is possible, and she too can 'Break through the Glass Ceiling', staying a true Burgess Hill Girl!"

Parent of girl at Burgess Hill Girls Senior

 

"I am proud of all my girls, but my youngest seems to have flourished at Burgess Hill Girls. She just seems so much more grounded and grown up.  I am really pleased we made the jump when we did. It certainly seems to be paying off for the betterment of all three of my girls. Thank you for your continued professionalism and support."
Parent of three girls at Burgess Hill Girls Junior

 

School news

20th Sep 2017
Five young artists from Burgess Hill Girls School have been chosen as finalists in the inaugural National Open Art Children’s Competition – a feat hailed by judges as ‘an incredible achievement’. The judges said: ‘There were a high number of entrants from across the country and the judges ... more
24th Aug 2017
With a massive 64% of all entries graded A*/A (new grades 9-7) and nearly half the cohort gaining at least seven or more A*/A (new grades 9-7), top Sussex independent school Burgess Hill Girls is celebrating another year of success. Burgess Hill Girls again achieved highly across a wide ... more
23rd Aug 2017
Pupils from Burgess Hill Girls have swept the board at the Festival of Quilts, the largest quilting competition in Europe. Talented designers from the top independent school have won no fewer than three top prizes at the prestigious event, which is held at the Birmingham NEC. This year’s ... more
18th Aug 2017
It was another year of success at Burgess Hill Girls. Fifty five percent of girls gained three or more A*-B grades at A level and over half the year group took at least one STEM subject at A level. (55%). Subjects that did particularly well: 89% A*/A grades in Art Over half of all those ... more
18th Jul 2017
Olympic gold-medalist Kate Richardson-Walsh told Burgess Hill Girls to ‘be visionary, be challenged and be strong’ when she visited the school last week to talk about her career in hockey and present sports prizes to pupils. Kate [pictured left with Burgess Hill pupils] was capped a record ... more
6th Jul 2017
Burgess Hill Girls School in West Sussex laid on two days of celebrations to support National Boarding Week, the brainchild of the Boarding Schools Association. Celebrations started on Wednesday June 21st, when parents and staff were invited to garden party where an ‘I love boarding’ cake ... more
27th Jun 2017
A former Burgess Hill Girls School student now working at Formula One motor-racing has been celebrated as part of International Women in Engineering Day when her story was featured on the official website. This day (23 June), which attracts global attention, focuses attention on the amazing ... more
22nd Jun 2017
‘It's Faaamly ain't it?’, ‘Rickaaaaaay!’… everyone knows the catch phrases of BBC’s top-rated soap EastEnders, but how do you craft a script that leaves millions of viewers on the edge of their seats week after week? Top script writer Spenser Frearson was just the person to guide Burgess ... more
31st May 2017
Top Sussex independent school Burgess Hill Girls has announced that its new head is Liz Laybourn, who has been Interim Head since May. Mrs Laybourn took the helm following the resignation of Kathryn Bell, due to ill health. Mrs Laybourn, whose new role begins with immediate effect, joined ... more
24th May 2017
It was back to school on Friday [19 May] for Burgess Hill Girls ‘old girl’ Kelly Willoughby, author of the ‘School for Stars’ book series alongside her sister, This Morning host Holly Willoughby – who was also a pupil there. Kelly, whose daughter is now also a Burgess Hill pupil, said ... more
18th May 2017
Burgess Hill Girls ‘old girl’ Kelly Willoughby is heading back to her school for this month’s Burgess Hill Girls School Open Day, and she’s keen to spread the word about the importance of reading to children. Kelly, author of the ‘School for Stars’ book series alongside her sister, This ... more
9th May 2017
Pupils from Burgess Hill Girls Junior School were out in force this weekend (Saturday 6 May) at Brighton Children’s Parade, which marked the start of the town’s Festival. This year’s theme was poets and poems, and the Burgess Hill girls took as inspiration for their banner (pictured) Robert ... more
27th Apr 2017
As National Offer Day for primary pupils looms, a top independent school has demonstrated that the actual cost of private schooling for a four-year-old can be as little as just £72 a week. On 18 April, parents will be notified by their local authority whether their child has got a place at ... more
27th Apr 2017
The head of leading Sussex school Burgess Hill Girls says Textiles is being neglected in too many schools as creative subjects are given short shrift. Liz Laybourn, Burgess Hill Girls’ Interim Head, said the outstanding success of Sixth Form pupil Allegra Cook in National Textiles and ... more
8th Mar 2017
The head of top Sussex school Burgess Hill Girls, Kathryn Bell, has decided to step down from her role due to ill health. She intends to resume her career in education as soon as she is fully fit. Dr Alison Smith, Chair  of Governors at Burgess Hill Girls, paid tribute to Mrs Bell’s ... more
17th Feb 2017
Children’s health and wellbeing will be on the timetable when CBeebies’ resident doctor Dr Ranj makes an appearance at Burgess Hill Girls’ Junior School on 4 March to answer questions from children and their parents. Dr Ranj – full name Ranj Singu – is a NHS paediatrician ... more
13th Feb 2017
Burgess Hill Girls Lower Sixth students, with prestigious invited guests, attended their annual, and highly respected, 'Practising Business Rapport' Dinner at Mid Sussex Golf Club. This is a truly unique event that combines a formal social gathering, with a wonderful learning experience. It ... more
13th Feb 2017
Burgess Hill Girls U13 Hockey Team took part in the annual Windlesham House Tournament on Friday, February 3rd. Ten schools from Sussex took part in the competition in what were pretty tough conditions. Despite the wind and rain the girls produced some excellent hockey, passing and moving ... more
13th Feb 2017
Burgess Hill Girls Ski Team, comprising of Annabel H, Lucy P and Anya K, continued to broaden their Ski Racing experience by entering the British Schoolgirls Competition held in Flaine from 28th - 31st January 2017. The standard was extremely high with over 30 schools competing and with 150 ... more
13th Feb 2017
On Tuesday 31st January, Burgess Hill Girls Year Six were pleased to welcome a member of the Samaritans to come and talk to them about listening. This session was to support their involvement with younger girls as well as to help them with their own friendships. John presented a brilliant, ... more
13th Feb 2017
On Tuesday 24th January 2017,  Burgess Hill Girls Year 6 led a class assembly on ‘The Amazing Human Machine.’ This gave them the opportunity to share their recently gained knowledge of the workings of the human body with the rest of the school. This has been part of the new Year 6 science ... more
10th Jan 2017
When the girls of Burgess Hill Girls Junior School took to the stage with their Christmas production, Strictly Panto, teachers took the opportunity to include a story line on assertiveness and self-belief. Based on traditional tales, the production depicted Cinderella’s growing belief that ... more

Coming events

Open Day
Saturday, 30th September 2017
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm
Location: Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 0EG

School details

Address: Keymer Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 0EG
Phone: 01444 241050
Head: Mrs Liz Laybourn (Interim Head)
Founded: 1906
Pupils: 527 - Day: 49 boys, 423 girls. Boarding: 55 girls
Ages: 2 1/2 - 18
Website: http://www.burgesshillgirls.com
Email: registrar@burgesshillgirls.com
Prospectus: Request a Prospectus

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